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Myrtle's cook Dulcimer tuning issue? Expertise, please (9) RE: Dulcimer tuning issue? Expertise, please 10 Jun 10


SOunds like there could be a number of possible solutions, based on a number of possible issues...

- the pattern used for marking out the frets may have been innacurate due to poor copying from a source, or unsuited to actual scale length of the instrument. This seems a little unlikely given that your first melody string went on OK and presumably remains true up and down the fret board.

- you have an unusually long or short scale. I don't think this should make a difference, but I have a shorter scale duclimer that just doesn't work in D-A-D tuning (whatever weight of string used) - nasty sharps all over the place - but tuned in E and F it is fine. It have heard it said that the more usual D-A-D tuning is to high for a man to sing to and too low for a woman's voice. I wonder if my hand made and unlabelled instrument was made for to accompany a higher voice - and perhaps yours?

Hoep this is of some help.


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